ErinoakKids Centres for Treatment and Development

Client: Erin Oak Kids/ Infrastructure Ontario
Location: Brampton, Mississauga, and Oakville, Ontario
Status: Completed – 2017
Service Accessibility Consulting

Our team has provided universal design consulting, comprehensive drawing reviews and recommendations for constructing spaces that well exceed the accessibility requirements of the OBC and AODA. ErinoakKids is redeveloping three facilities to help fill the gap of accessible treatment and recreation facilities for children with disabilities in Ontario. Our design recommendations seamlessly integrate accessibility to create welcoming spaces.


Milton District Hospital Redevelopment Project (MDHRP)


Client: PCL and Plenary Health Group
Location: Milton, Ontario
Status: Complete – 2017
Service: Consulting

We are the accessibility specialists on the design team for the MDHRP. To help maximize accessibility strategies given practicality, space and operational constraints we have completed drawing reviews, AODA compliance reports and will be conducting site visits. Interacting with the Town of Milton’s Accessibility Advisory Committee has improved accessible design strategies integrated into the redevelopment of the Milton District Hospital.


Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games Athletes’ Village and Sport Venues


Client: Infrastructure Ontario
Location: Various in Southern, Ontario
Status: Complete – 2015
Service: Consulting

Our team collaborated with Planning Design and Compliance teams to design and construct the following venues that are both world class leaders in the realm of inclusive design and the centrepieces of the Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games:

  • The Pan/ParaPan American Games Athletes’ Village;
  • The Pan American Aquatic Centre, Field House and Canadian Sports Institute of Ontario at the University of Toronto—Scarborough Campus;
  • Hamilton’s Tim Horton’s Stadium;
  • Milton’s Cisco Velodrome;
  • CIBC Athletics Stadium at York University.

We developed venue specific accessibility specifications based on regulations, best practices and innovation. Considering the needs of users during and following the Pan/ParaPan American Games we provided drawing reviews, design consultation and site visits during construction to ensure that the spaces are universally accessible well into the future.


 AODA Compliance Planning and Facility Audits for the City of Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay

Client: City of Thunder Bay
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
Status: Completed – 2013
Service: AODA Compliance Planning and Facility Accessibility Audits

A comprehensive assessment of the City of Thunder Bay was conducted to identify where improvements were required to comply with all standards under the IASR as part of the AODA. In addition, our team conducted accessibility audits of 22 municipal properties and developed design standards for accessible transit shelters.


Accessible Greenhouse and Amenity Terrace


Client: D.A.N.I. — Developing and Nurturing Independence
Location: Thornhill, Ontario
Status: Completed – 2013
Service: Consulting

In collaboration with the community organization Developing and Nurturing Independence (DANI), our team was retained to design a fully accessible outdoor environment including a community greenhouse, amenity terrace, eating area and a play space. Inclusive food production and community spaces are central to realizing DANI’s mission to support life skills development for young adults with cognitive disabilities.


 City of Toronto Accessibility Design Guidelines

City of Toronto

Client: City of Toronto
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Status: Completion – Ongoing
Service: Guidelines + Consulting

We are currently updating the City of Toronto’s Accessibility Design Guidelines. A thorough analysis of legislation and best practices was conducted to provide the dimensions and criteria for creating the most accessible environments. The updated Guidelines will be a fully accessible document that will meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 standards for on-line publishing, and will be programmed to be compatible with assistive technologies such as screen readers.


Ryerson Church Street Development

Ryerson Street Redevelopment

Client: Ryerson University
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Status: Completion – 2018
Service: Consulting

Working with Perkins+Will Canada, we are consulting on the incorporation of accessibility and universal design into new educational and student residential facilities at Ryerson University. Our work includes facilitating user group workshops, defining project accessibility criteria, conducting drawing reviews and acting as an ongoing resource to the design team.


Sherwood Community Centre

We are the accessibility specialists on the design team for the Sherwood Community Centre, working with architects MJMA. We are providing the team with accessibility strategies — given practicality, space and operational constraints, we have completed drawing reviews and accessibility reports.


University of Toronto Student Commons

UofT Student Commons

Client: University of Toronto
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Status: Completion – Ongoing
Service: Consulting

We are the accessibility specialists on the design team for the new Student Commons at the University of Toronto. Working with design architects superkül, we are helping maximize accessibility strategies within a historic structure built in 1909. Over the years the University of Toronto student union has prioritized accessible advocacy and wants this new space to reflect that vision – A+ is committed to realizing this philosophy.